[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverton 5-11-72 as Ord. No. 306. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- To remain idle in one place, to linger about one place or to hang about in essentially one location.
- PARENT or GUARDIAN
- Any adult person having the care and custody of a minor.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the public has access, and shall include any street, highway, road, alley or sidewalk. It shall include any place of business and public grounds, areas, parks and parking lots or other vacant private property not owned by or under the control of the person charged with violating this chapter, or, in the case of a minor, not owned or under the control of his parent or guardian.
No person shall loiter in a public place in such a manner as to:
Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
Create or cause to be created any disturbance or annoyance to the comfort and repose of any person.
Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place.
Whenever any police officer shall, in the exercise of reasonable judgment, discern that the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated in § 84-2, he may, if he deems it necessary for the preservation of the public peace and safety, order that person to leave that place. Any person who shall fail to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer shell be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
No parent or guardian of a minor under the age of eighteen (18) years shall knowingly permit that minor to loiter in violation of this chapter.
Whenever any minor under the age of eighteen (18) years is charged with a violation of this chapter, his parent or guardian shall be notified of this fact by the Chief of Police or any other person designated by him to give such notice.
If at any time within thirty (30) days following the giving of notice as provided in § 84-5, the minor to whom such notice relates again violates this chapter, it shall be presumed in the absence of evidence to the contrary that the minor did so with the knowledge and permission of his parent or guardian.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars ($200.), or by imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days, or both, in the discretion of the court.